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Sale of hand-painted bowls, homemade soups will benefit Sophia’s Kitchen

Claire Crone (center), director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, looks in on Sadie Pierce, Jane Seiler and Marlee Curtis who are putting their artistic skills to work as part of the Spoonful benefit for Sophia's Kitchen. In all, 200 bowls were painted Sept. 13-14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Who says you can’t help people and have fun at the same time? Budding Picassos, Van Goghs and Rembrandts gathered at Fired Up Pottery here on Sept. 13-14 to paint bowls that will be sold to benefit Sophia’s Kitchen, the sandwich program located at St. Joseph Church in downtown Peoria. Among those […]

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What keeps us from living as disciples of Jesus?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 26 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 This Sunday’s Gospel explores the question: who speaks authentically on behalf of Jesus? It also offers a stern message concerning those things that might stop us from fully accepting the invitation from Jesus to live as his disciples. The […]

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Lindsey Weishar: ‘Thou mayest,’ and the necessity of tending to our wounds

"Cruella embraces an identity that denies the goodness within her and damages her relationships with others," writes Lindsey Weishar of the subject of the movie "Cruella," portrayed here by Emma Stone. (CNS photo/Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar A facet of the 21st century I appreciate is film and literature’s interest in the boundary between good and evil. Though the culture also has huge blind spots when it comes to identifying good and evil, it does well in troubling the idea that a person is either […]

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Unmask the unborn, follow the science

As we move toward October, Respect Life Month, we have a couple of suggestions for those interested in truth when it comes to human life. First, unmask the unborn. Just as our face coverings — necessitated by the pandemic month after month — hide our expressions and muffle our voices, so too humans not yet […]

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Gift leads to renovation at St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center at WIU in Macomb

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates Mass on Sept. 19 in the newly renovated chapel of the St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Concelebrating are Father Adam Stimpson, left, chaplain, and Father Joseph Domse, SMA, assistant chaplain. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MACOMB — Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka expressed the Diocese of Peoria’s gratitude to the family of the late Dr. William “Bill” McCamey on Sunday for a major gift that led to the renovation of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center on the campus of Western Illinois University. “It is a great gift to […]

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“Copshop” (Open Road)

Gerard Butler stars in a scene from the movie "Copshop." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Kyle Kaplan, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service In this tense, gritty crime drama, set in an isolated Nevada police station, a dedicated rookie officer (Alexis Louder) gets caught up in plight of a slippery con artist (Frank Grillo) with a price on his head who is simultaneously being pursued by two contract killers, one (Gerard Butler) somewhat civilized, […]

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‘Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week’ debuts 11 years after a very good miracle

Mariam Khoury Briggs, illustrator, and Bonnie Engstrom, author, of “Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week” hold a copy of their new book, which was launched Sept. 16. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Each year as Bonnie and Travis Engstrom celebrate the birthday of their son, James Fulton, on Sept. 16, they also give thanks for the miracle that makes those birthdays possible through the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. They believe, and the Catholic Church has decreed, that Jesus healed […]

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Peoria Heights school keeps memory of Chip Chan — alum, 9/11 victim — alive

In memory of Charles "Chip" Chan, a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, teacher Donna Palkovic designed a spiritual bouquet for the students to sign. Adding their signatures and prayers here are fifth-graders Matthew Teran (left) and Chase Ulrich. (Provided photo)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Twenty years ago on Sept. 11, John and Julie Chan of Peoria lost their son, Charles “Chip” Lawrence Chan, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and School here lost a brother in faith. On Sept. 12, he was remembered […]

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“Malignant” (Warner Bros.)

Annabelle Wallis stars in a scene from the movie "Malignant." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service There’s a dreary feel to the early scenes of this horror tale from director James Wan and, though it later perks up to become creatively creepy, the initially somewhat restrained gore factor goes off the charts in a climactic rampage of slicing, dicing and dismemberment. After a mysterious intruder murders her […]

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